AI  – Augmenting Human Perception

AI – Augmenting Human Perception

IBM throughout its history has been
helping people to accomplish more and maximize their full potential.
Our first card punching machine helped complete the 1890s U.S. Census two years
faster. As IBM expanded we started focusing on even more difficult and
demanding tasks. Very soon IBM brought people with disabilities in
the spotlight and in 1914 we hired our first disabled employee. Since then
numerous inventions have demonstrated our continued commitment to people
living with disabilities. In today’s world of global connectivity and the
Internet of Things this commitment is still part of our core values. Using new
more powerful hardware equipped with sophisticated sensors our ability to
understand the environment around us using advanced software algorithms is
taking a giant leap forward. Our mission is to capitalize on this momentum and,
combined with the cognitive capabilities of Watson, to bring visual impaired
people closer to complete autonomy. Our Puzzle Solving Toolkit is just a glimpse
of far we have come. It leverages artificial intelligence
techniques and computer vision techniques to help the user solve a
jigsaw puzzle. “The first piece is the one in the middle.” The toolkit also leverages
some of the Watson services like speech to text and test to speech to have a
natural interaction with the user. “The next piece is the second on the right.” “Congratulations you solved the puzzle.” My
team and I are building tools to help visually impaired people gain better
situational awareness. What that means is that we can help them understand where
they are, what kind of objects are nearby and if there are other people around. “On
your left is a bottle. In front of you is a cup. On your right is a mouse.” This helps
visually impaired people better engage with their environment. The spectrum of
possible application is endless and we’re looking to enable people to
accomplish more complex and challenging everyday tasks at a rapid pace. Using our
assets we can warn workers of hazardous objects in conditions with limited
visibility that also help them to navigate to the closest exit in case of
emergency. What we’re trying to do is to build technology and deploy it for
people with visual impairment to make their life easier and more autonomous. you

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